Shiranian Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shiranian so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Shiranian Price and Availability

How much does the Shiranian puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Shiranian?
If you choose to purchase the Shiranian, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shiranian for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shiranian gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Shiranian? How many Shiranian are there in the world?
Average: The Shiranian is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Shiranian Size

Is a Shiranian small, medium or large dog?

How big do Shiranian get?

How much does the Shiranian weigh? How much should the Shiranian breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Shiranian?
4-15 pounds (2-7 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Shiranian?
9.5 pounds (4.5 kg)
How tall is the Shiranian? Shiranian height:
7-12 inches (18-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Shiranian?
9.5 inches (24 cm)

Shiranian Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Shiranian have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shiranian's coat?
How to groom the Shiranian and how often?
Advanced: The Shiranian requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Shiranian a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Shiranian, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Shiranian dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Pomshi?
Shiranians are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Shiranian need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Shiranian every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Shiranian Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Shiranian have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shiranian? Is the Shiranian breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Shiranian's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Shiranian is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Shiranian dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Shiranians aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
How playful is this breed?
The Shiranian is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shiranian sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shiranians don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Shiranian a good family dog?
High: Shiranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Pomshi need? Shiranian social needs:
Shiranians are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Shiranian dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Pomshi bark?
Low to Average: The Shiranian rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Shiranian good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Shiranians are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Shiranian dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Shiranians are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Shiranian bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Pomshi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shiranian? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Shiranian has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Shiranian has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Shiranian? How much bite force does a Shiranian have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Shiranian bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shiranian do?
Shiranians have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shiranians need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shiranian to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shiranian roam?
Shiranians tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shiranian have high prey drive?
Their prey drive is low. Shiranians don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shiranian good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Shiranian breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Shiranians adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Shiranian be left alone?
Shiranians do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Shiranian Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Shiranian temperament with other people:
Shiranians are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shiranian dogs get along with other pets? Are Shiranian dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shiranians do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Shiranian dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shiranian temperament with children:
Shiranians are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shiranian dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Shiranian breed live with a cat?
Shiranians are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Shiranian good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shiranian dogs get along with other dogs?
Shiranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shiranian breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Shiranian breed suitable for first-time owners?
Shiranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Shiranians good office dogs? Do Shiranians make good office friendly dogs? Can Shiranians be office dogs?
Shiranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shiranian dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Pomshi temperament with senior people? Are Shiranian dogs good for elderly owners?
Shiranians are commonly okay with elderly people.

Shiranian Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Shiranian dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Shiranians tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Shiranian breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shiranian breed? Most common health risks of Shiranian:
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Shiranian breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Shiranian see the vet?
The Shiranian should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Shiranian dogs live? How old can a Shiranian be? What is the age limit of the Shiranian? How many years can the oldest Shiranian live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Shiranian?

12-16 years
The average lifespan of Shiranian: 14 years
Is the Shiranian breed hypoallergenic?
Shiranians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shiranian have? What is the activity level of the Shiranian?
Shiranians have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Shiranian need? How much exercise do Shiranian dogs require per day?
Shiranians exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Shiranian breed need?
Shiranians like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Shiranian need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Shiranian breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Shiranian? How much food should I feed my Shiranian?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shiranian risk for obesity:
Average: The Shiranian has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shiranian's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Shiranian has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Shiranian drool?
The Shiranian is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Shiranian could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Shiranian.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Shiranian As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shiranian be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Shiranian is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shiranian be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Shiranian be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Shiranian is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shiranian be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Shiranian is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shiranian be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Shiranian is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shiranian be a boat dog?

Not really

Shiranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shiranian be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Shiranian is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Shiranian dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Shiranian Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Shiranian pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Shiranian breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Shiranian: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shiranian have in a litter? How many puppies can the Shiranian breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Shiranian have? How many puppies can a Shiranian give birth to?
3-5 puppies

Shiranian Recognition

AKC Group
Is Shiranian recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Shiranian recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shiranian breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Shiranian Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Shiranian's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Shiranian breed.
  • Shedding Level: Shiranians are low shedders.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Shiranian is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Shiranian has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Mouthiness: Shiranians have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Shiranians tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Health Issues: Shiranians tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Shiranians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Shiranian requires a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Shiranians are not the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shiranians do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Shiranians are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Shiranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shiranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Shiranian History

The Shiranian, also known as the Shih Tzu Pom, is a mixed breed belonging to the so-called designer dogs. Designer dogs have been increasing in the last two decades due to their popularity among celebrities. These are not dogs that can be registered with the AKC or other purebred organizations but they are part of many hybrid organizations.

The origin of the puppy began with two distinct breeds, the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian. The Shih Tzu is thought to be one of the 14 oldest breeds that come from China, where its name means ‘lion dog’. According to the experts, these dogs were present there as early as 8000 B.C. Some believe that they were actually developed by Tibetian Monks and were crossed with other breeds such as the Lhasa Apso or the Pekingnese. Regardless of how the breed was developed, they were popular as companion dogs among the royalty as they were gentle, smart, and joyful. For example, it is mentioned in several documents from that period that the Ming Dynasty royal family used this dog as a house pet. However, there isn’t much mention of the dogs in documents from the 1700s to the early 1900s, but many pieces of art from that period depict a small, shaggy, and happy dog. As the dog became very popular many royal families competed to produce dogs of the finest coats and colors but because of the competition, breeding practices were kept secret. This led to poor quality dogs that were often sold in the marketplace and the good quality dogs were often smuggled out of the palaces and given as gifts to foreign visitors or Chinese noblemen. The first Shih Tzu pair was imported to England in 1928 and in 1969 it was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

On the other hand, the Pomerania was developed in the province of Pomerania from the ancient Spitz breeds and obviously got its name after the historical region which was in the far north on the border of the countries we know today as Poland and Germany. The breed’s ancestors were much bigger than them and it was only in the 18th century that they started breeding them to the modern, small size we know today. Moreover, the influence of the royalty also had an impact in forming the Pomeranian as it is today. Royals, such as the wife of Napoleon I and King George IV owned Pomeranians, and also the breed was very much loved by Queen Victoria, who had a red Pomeranian and choose to breed that trait into the next generation. It was Queen Victoria who inspired English dog fanciers to begin breeding even smaller Poms.

The Shiranian mixture seems logical since both dogs were very much liked. Both breeds exhibit highly protective behaviors towards their owners and the crossing of them has given people an opportunity to get a playful, cute dog who is loyal. The appearance of the mixture puppies have a somewhat lion-like appearance, and the mixture of the two parents emphasizes this trait. The wafting fur explodes from their tiny facial features, bearing an uncanny resemblance to a mane. This hybrid comes in several colors, such as red, sable, chocolate, black, gold, orange, and brindle. Overall, the only downside to the breed is that most of them tend to suffer from separation anxiety.

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